When the Rockets released the 2013 Rockets Red Rally flyer that said there would be a special appearance by Rocket legends and big men Hakeem, Yao Ming, Moses Malone, Elvin Hayes and Ralph Sampson, it was pretty obvious that they would be introducing the man formerly known as (wanna-be) Superman and now known in H-Town as “Rocket Man” to the fans.
On Saturday afternoon, the Rockets broadcaster Bill Worrell did just that as the legends, minus Moses, were on a stage clapping for Dwight Howard to join them in front of a crowd of thousands cheering “Rocket Man” in front of the Toyota Center in downtown Houston. This was the type of love that Dwight was crying he didn’t receive from Kobe and the Lakers.
NBA legend and new member of the Houston Rocket’s staff, Hakeem Olajuwon added more sugar on top.
“He is the missing piece where he can really bring the team to a championship contender.”
Rockets GM Daryl Morey elaborated on the Dream’s statement.
“I think it absolutely gives us a chance,” he said. “What you do this job for is to have a chance. The reality is five to seven teams have a chance any given year. The way it is in this league, you’ve got to have multiple All-Stars, you generally have to have dominant top players and we have two guys that we think are in the top 10 in the league in James and Dwight.”
Then Rockets owner Leslie Alexander made a statement that summarizes how much love they have been showing Dwight and what they are willing to do to make sure he remains happy.
“Dwight recognizes that his boyhood dreams will come true as a Rocket.”
It’s going to be interesting to see if the boy caught in arguably the most athletic and potentially dominant body in the NBA will have his dreams come true in Houston or just become another nightmare.
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